It's good to talk to your doctor or specialist about dealing with any type
of allergy, especially in very young children.
On to the study, where researchers in Greece looked at 94 children, ranging
in age from 1 to 4 years old. The average age was 2.
55 of the children studied had been diagnosed with egg allergy.
39 of them had never eaten eggs, but skin tests showed they were sensitized
Increasing Baked Egg Intake
Researchers began to give the children tiny bits of a special cake baked
with an egg. The children were given more and more of cake baked with one egg
over several months.
90% of the children were able to eat the baked egg in the cake and
displayed no allergic symptoms. Four children developed hives, two children had a
severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), and one child had
a flare-up of eczema.
After six months, the 87 children who tolerated the baked egg in cake were
challenged with eating a whole egg. All of them tolerated the egg challenge
except four children (three developed hives and one had a flare-up of
Because most children outgrow egg allergies by the time they are of school
age, researchers speculate that slowly exposing them to baked egg "might
affect the natural course of allergy to egg."
Why baked egg? Researchers say that heated eggs may make allergens, which
cause the allergy, less potent.
The study was led by George N. Konstantinou, MD, at the allergy department,
Pediatric Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The
researchers say a controlled study (to compare treated children to untreated
children) is in the works.
Researchers in this study also point out that even giving a child who is
allergic or sensitive that has never eaten eggs "heat-treated" egg can
cause severe reactions.
Usually when children are allergic to eggs, they are allergic to the protein found in egg whites,
although some children react to the protein in the yolk.
The findings are to be published as a Letter to the Editor in the Journal
of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.